Foodbank to Serve Up to 2,000 Households at October Virginia Beach Drive-Thru Food Pantry
Inflation Drives Continued Demand – Previous Distribution Second Largest Ever
Norfolk, VA – October 21, 2022 – As persistent inflation and supply chain issues continue to prevent families from putting healthy food on their tables, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore will hold its next drive-thru distribution at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater on Tuesday, October 25 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Funded by City Council through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, it is open to all Virginia Beach residents on a first come, first serve basis who will receive approximately 60 pounds of fresh and shelf-stable foods. “Unfortunately, the number of people seeking assistance at these distributions continues to be very high,” says Foodbank President & CEO Christopher Tan. “Fortunately, the City of Virginia Beach has generously allocated the ARPA funds necessary to support these large numbers of people. During our August event, we drew more than 1,600 households, the second largest since we began doing this almost two years ago.”
Volunteer groups for this event include sailors from the USS Iwo Jima, Transitional Support Center, United States Coast Guard Incident Management Assistance Team, and AvalonBay Communities. Enough food will be on hand to serve up to 2,000 households.
About the Foodbank
For more than 40 years, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore has provided over 350 million meals to those in our community who face hunger. Through our programs, facilities, and large network of community partners, we “eliminate hunger” on a daily basis for many. However, we understand that our current work addresses hunger for individuals in the short term. It does not address the root causes which force individuals to return to a food pantry again and again. This understanding has led to the creation of a strategic plan aimed to move Hampton Roads closer to achieving the mission of eliminating hunger for those we serve—not only for the day, or for the week, but for a lifetime. For up-to-date information on the Foodbank, visit www.foodbankonline.org, Facebook, or Twitter.